DUBAI, UAE, December 09, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and Member of the Dubai Council, honoured the winners of the seventh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, which recognises exceptional regional and global contributions in the field of knowledge dissemination and production.
The Award ceremony for the seventh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award and the announcement of the results of the 6th Global Knowledge Index 2022 were held on the sidelines of the ‘Youth Knowledge Forum’. Organised by MBRF in collaboration with UNDP, the four-day event is being held in person from 6 – 7 December and virtually from 8 – 9 December to facilitate broader participation from across the world.
His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, CEO of MBRF, said: “The Youth Knowledge Forum seeks to promote knowledge and enhance creativity and innovation in the transfer, dissemination, and localisation of knowledge. Through this forum, we aim to empower the younger generation to achieve their aspirations in various fields of knowledge. At MBRF, we recognise the significance of developing knowledge, a key driver of social and economic development. It is an essential tool in achieving growth in various spheres of life and boosting the efficiency of community institutions.”
In the category of organisations, the Award recognised the Emirates Mars Mission’s ‘Hope Probe,’ the first Arab mission to reach the Martian orbit in 2021, and the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for its role in promoting knowledge exchange among peoples and cultures across the world. The winners in the individual categories included Dr. Zhang Yongzhen, who was recognised for his notable contributions to the control and prevention of rabies and hemorrhagic fever. The Award also recognised him for his leadership in sequencing and publishing the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, which enabled research to be conducted rapidly in many locations, and vaccines to be developed. The Award ceremony also honoured biochemist and researcher Dr. Katalin Kariko, for her contributions to mRNA technology and the development of COVID-19 vaccines, and Dr. Drew Weissman, for his contributions to the development of the modified mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines.
During the ceremony held at the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, Her Highness also announced the results of the 6th Global Knowledge Index 2022, the world’s only index that measures knowledge-based competitiveness. Issued in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the 2022 edition of the Index covered 132 countries. The UAE topped the technical education index in the sixth edition of the Index.
The organisation of the ‘Youth Knowledge Forum’ reflects MBRF’s commitment to fostering excellence and creativity among the younger generation and empowering them to embrace challenges and achieve their aspirations. Through the event, MBRF seeks to highlight various knowledge-related accomplishments worldwide and celebrate the success stories of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to knowledge dissemination and localisation.
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